Kaligo, the new AI digital handwriting app, wins £20k at World’s Largest Ed-Tech start-up competition

Aug 6, 2020

24th January 2020:  At the GESAwards 2020 (Global Education Start-up Awards), the new AI digital handwriting app from Kaligo was awarded second place, which saw them walk away with a $20,000 prize.

Figure 1The Kaligo team celebrating their GESAwards Win

The GESAwards, hosted at the BETT Show in London on 23rd January 2020, saw the 19 finalists give a three-minute pitch to the panel of esteemed judges, who returned to announce the winners, all of whom are working to transform the future of education.  Kaligo’s new AI digital handwriting app won second place and a $20,000 prize.

Faisal Hamid, Director at Kaligo explains: “It’s wonderful for the Kaligo team to be recognised as a global leader in EdTech innovation.  To be awarded second place from over 3,000 EdTech start-ups from over 80 countries is a great reward for our hardworking team.  For the schools using Kaligo, they are already seeing the benefits, witnessing the improvements in outcomes, as well as the joy Kaligo brings to the pupils.  We look forward to working with many more schools in the coming year.”

Kaligo combines years of neuroscientific research with the latest AI technology and is a new tool that will help teachers highlight handwriting difficulties in a few minutes.  Teachers choose their preferred handwriting scheme and either a pre-set lesson or set their own lesson for their pupils. 

This new development is set to revolutionise how younger children learn the fundamentals of handwriting.  Through Kaligo teachers can deliver the lesson, provide instant and individual interventions, as well as actively monitor the progress for every child in the class. All without adding to their workload.

Talking about Kaligo, the Kent ICT Champion of the Year, Matthew Tragheim said: “Kaligo provides instant feedback and children can hone their handwriting through their own choice – we can see progress as children have a passion for it.  The instant feedback given through Kaligo has a huge impact on handwriting improvement.”

With Kaligo, pupils find handwriting more fun as the colourful and intuitive screens on tablets most pupils are already familiar with, making the task of handwriting more exciting.  Kaligo then stores the data so teachers can easily monitor progress and provides teachers with the deep dive knowledge they need through its constant classroom assessment.

Approved by the DfE Hungry Little Minds campaign, Kaligo has also been recognised by many awards organisations, including the GESS Education Awards and has also been selected as a finalist in the BETT Awards 2020 for Early Years and Educational Apps.  Kaligo is a member of the National Handwriting Association and a member of the latest cohort of the UCL Educate programme.

If you’re a teacher or senior leader, you’re invited to visit stand FS25 at BETT to try out their innovative handwriting technology.  They will also be running some exciting competitions during Bett.  Visit

www.kaligo-apps.com for more information.

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